Neo-Tokyo is going to E-X-P-L-O-D-E…
How did someone earn one ? Now, you might think it impossible to deal over a hundred points of damage. But this card specifies in one attack round. At low levels, this card is a true rare. Later on when a character gets a second (or third) melee attack, or access to some gross “d6 per caster level in damage” spells, these become dime-a-dozen.
How frequently were they awarded ? Once our characters were north of Level 12, there might be one of these handed out every 2nd adventure night.
Seriously, over 100 points of damage ? Sure. Consider the Level-17 Barbarian I had in E.G’s 2nd D&D v.3.5 campaign. He had 4 attacks per round with a +2 Keen Thundering Cold-Iron Great Sword of Shock. When his Berserker Strength came active below a certain level of Hit Points (I used a class variant from the PHb-II) and he used a Full Power Attack, each hit was worth 2d6+52 damage (plus elemental damage). Connect twice out of four attempts, and that’s a Card. I won’t even get into (yet) the huge damage that some of A.T.’s Cleric’s spells would deal.
The “Cards” series of posts recalls the special “trophy” business-cards awarded to players during E.G.’s original D&D v.3.5 game several years ago. This is a weekly post.